Peaceful man stabbed 30 times, murdered in brutal attack by a fellow Muslim, just for reaching out to Christians.
In his Easter message on Sunday, Pope Francis urged the world to use the “weapons of love” to combat the evil of “blind and brutal violence”, following the attacks in Brussels.
One Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow, Scotland tried just that and was stabbed to death Thursday night as a result, by a fellow Muslim.
Shopkeeper Asad Shah was a “peace-loving” man who was well respected in his community. Friends said he observed both Christian and Muslim holidays, always sent out Easter and Christmas cards, and used his social media accounts to promote harmony on religious holidays.
On Thursday, Mr. Shah had wished his friends a “Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.” In his final post, he wrote: “Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”
Later that night, another Muslim man walked into his shop, and killed Mr. Shah in a brutal attack, stabbing him up to 30 times. Shah’s brother, who worked next door, rushed in to find the killer laughing while sitting on the man’s bleeding chest. The brother dragged Mr. Shah away, but the attacker continued stabbing him. The attacker finally fled and Mr. Shah was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Hours before his death, he had posted a message on facebook advertising an online debate with Christian friends about the importance of Easter.
Are “weapons of love” effective tools to combat the “evil of blind and brutal violence”?
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